March 7, 2017 Matthew Callahan Philippines March 7, 2017 Matthew Callahan Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,I’m writing to tell you both that C3NY has helped me tremendously. I just got my results last week, and it is a PASS, and I owe thanks to C3NY….to Dr. Swartz for his expertise and direction, to Anna’s for her helpful input and encouragement, and to the great actors. Although I only got to audit the 3rd day, I was still able to learn from the observational experience. I think the greatest hurdle of this exam is not to panic and be nervous. Anna’s advice on deep breathing really works!Just some input….Dr. Swartz, you are the best, the exam was exactly how you described it would be….but so much easier….I’m glad the practice was harder than the exam. Also, your comments about making lists before entering the room…..I had ideas in mind but never wasted the time to write them down…..I just went in and let the patient lead the way.Some advice for students…..don’t listen to anyone at the exam site. Do what you’ve learned at C3NY, and you’ll do great!Thanks for everything C3NY! — RG, M.D., Philippines Dear Ms Lank and Dr. Swartz,I attended your C3NY program last November, and I want to thank you for helping me pass Step 2cs.What I really liked about your course was that you really cared about the students, and was there all day teaching – instead of just hiring teaching assistants. Also, the video during the end of the first day was very helpful, and in general, you gave really good tips on how to pass the exam, since the guidelines issued by USMLE for Step 2cs arepretty vague.Take care! — Eugene Tan, M.D., Philippines Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,I attended the workshop last Sept. and took the exam 4 weeks after. I got the result a couple of days ago and I passed.Thank you so much for all the help. I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I just followed all your instructions and everything went well. Your workshop is a way lot harder than the Step 2CS exam itself, but that’s what you told us.Again, my heartfelt gratitude to all of you guys… — Sam Galicia, M.D., Philippines Amor Monsalud-Eliazo, MD, Phillipines, Video Testimonial Dear Anna,Yes, I took Step 2CS last December 8, 2008…I just recently found out that I passed.Thank you so much for your help. I found the review course gave me a lot of insight into the mechanics of the exam. The program really built up my confidence.Thank you so much again! — Francisco Yap, M.D., Philippines Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank:Hello! I took your workshop last March 2009 (upon the recommendation of one of your students, May 2008 batch). At first, I was terrified of taking your workshop when I learned about the activity on the last day with the SPs. But like what you said, don’t make the exam day your practice for the exam.I got my results last June 24, and I’m happy to say that I passed. The workshop really helped a lot, especially the tips. I would recommend your workshop to my friends.Thank you very much, and God bless you! — Aleah Tiu, M.D., Philippines Dear Ms. Lank,I’m happy to announce that I’m finally ECFMG certified, thanks to C3NY.For any foreign doctor, the CS exam seems like a big hurdle, much more so when taken for the second time. But with the help of the workshop (yes, I use the term workshop – not once did I feel that I was in a tense classroom environment), I was able to dissect my past mistakes and thoroughly undergo a paradigm shift – this exam is not solely about patient notes and diagnoses, but effective communication with the patient. With that in mind, the workshop prepared me not only for the CS exam, but for (hopefully) my future medical training.Thank you very much Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank. Be assured that C3NY will be highly recommended to my colleagues here in the Philippines. — J.P.T. Ridon, M.D., Philippines Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Anna,Just want to share the good news that I passed my CS done last May 10, 2012.I got the highest in the part : Professional manner and rapport. You’re right , establishing a good communication rapport with the patient is the key to this exam.Thank you so much Doctor for everything… To be honest what you told me after the workshop that I am ready for the exam helped me build my confidence in those moments of doubt.I know that what I learned in the workshop equipped me not only for the exam but for my future medical practice.God bless you. — Myla Gabriel Macapia, M.D., Philippines Dear Dr Swartz:I was one of your students last April 16, 17 and 18, 2007. I took my exam on May 8 and got my result June 20, 2007. I passed!I would like to thank you for the support and guidance you have given to me. I thought I was going to fail when I left the examination room in Philadelphia. Thank God, I passed.I will definitely recommend your course to other medical professionals. — Alice Ngo, M.D., Philippines Myla Macapia, MD, Phillipines, Video Testimonial Dear Ms. Anna Lank,I know this is long overdue, but I wanted to express my heartfelt gratitude nonetheless. I attended the 3-day C3NY workshop last February, and I am very happy to report that I was able to pass the Step 2 that I took in March.Personally, I feel that you, Dr. Swartz, and the Standardized Patients played an integral role in my preparation for the exam. Not only did I learn about the exam and what exactly was required of test takers like myself, but I was able to develop confidence in interacting with Standardized Patients.Thank you all very much for your time and sincere effort in helping allay the fear and uncertainty I had in preparing for this exam. I truly appreciate all the patience and hard work that go into this workshop, and I feel fortunate to have been able to benefit from it.Dr. Swartz, you and the C3NY program has helped me in more ways than you know. God bless! — Catherine Corpuz, M.D., Philippines Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,I would like to inform you that I passed. I took your course in January 2008, 2 weeks before my examination.Once again, thank you so much. — FM, M.D., Philippines Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank:Hi! I’m Dr. Maricris Lapinid from the Philippines. I took your workshop last May 2008. I finally got my result last August, and I passed on my first attempt.I’m writing you this card to let you know how thankful I am for all the very helpful tips you’ve given me. True enough, when I was taking my exam last June, your voices resounded in my head and what I learned from our workshop was pretty much all I needed during my exam. The workshop tremendously lessened my anxiety for the exam, and it really helped that I had an idea of what I was getting into. Of course, that’s all because of you.I remember one of my classmates during the workshop commented that you are such a good soul, and I sincerely agree with him. May you continue to inspire more aspiring doctors like me!I truly appreciate all your help. More power to you. I will encourage my friends to take your workshop. God bless you. — Maricris Lapinid, M.D., Philippines Dear Ms. Anna,I was in your March 2009 review class. I just took my CS last September 25 because I was pregnant and I decided to take CS after I have taken my CK. I had my CK last September 8. Last December 9, I received the result, and I’m happy to tell you that I passed!I would like to thank you for the very informative review sessions. That really prepared me well, even though I took the exam 6 months after your workshop. The long interval from the review to the time of exam did not prevent me from passing CS with just one try.I would say that the SP’s in your review were more intimidating than the SP’s I encountered during my exam. And it’s true that after leaving the exam center, you will have that feeling of uncertainty of the exam result. CS is indeed a test of communications skills rather than academic.Again thank you! — Eleanor Calma, M.D., Philippines Dear Anna,I was in your April 2009 workshop group. I have been eagerly awaiting my CS results. I am happy to inform you that I passed.I’d like to thank you and Dr. Swartz for the wonderful experience. Your program has given me a surprisingly different insight as to how to approach the CS exam. — Emilio Javier III, M.D., Philippines To my C3NY Family,Greetings! I am one of your students from the 4/12 course for the Step 2CS. A few days ago, I received the result of my examination, which I took in Atlanta last 5/16.I am thrilled to update you, that I successfully passed the Step 2CS exam on my first try. More than that, I want you to know that whatever I have learned from you with the guidance of Dr. Swartz’ books (which I already purchased), will be my reliable compass as I practice medicine.Thank you all…To Dr. Swartz, who is a brilliant doctor and professor; to Miss Lank, for efficiently coordinating the course; and to the very effective performances of all the standardized patients.Just so you know, my study partner who introduced me to C3NY, successfully passed as well.Kudos to C3NY and Many Thanks!!! — AME, MD, Philippines Matthew Callahan freelance writer of policy, politics, religion, and tech. web designer, social media manager, a/v installer, computer question-answerer.